Burley Farms, Epping, NH

We love the trails at Burley Farms so much because it is a welcoming environment for reactive dogs due to a number of focused activities you can engage in on the property. In addition, there is an open field, which allows your sensitive dog to see all around them. There are also so many wonderful smells for your dog to engage with, including small rodents, wildlife droppings, farmland soils, cut hay, and more.

Here are the details about this trail:

  • 📍 GPS: 247 North River Road
  • 🅿️ Parking: drive up their driveway past their building on the left. Parking for around 30 cars. Trailhead just beyond parking lot at kiosk.
  • 🚗 Electrical vehicle charging station
  • 🥾 Length: 1.5 miles (combination of red and green trail)
  • ⛰️ Elevation gain: 72 ft
  • ⚙️ Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate (see our Trail Rating & Pace Guide)
  • 🕥 Time: 1 hour to 90 minutes
  • 🚶🏽 Pace: Stroll to Moderate so dogs can sniff
  • 🐕 Reactive Dog Rating: Level 1 (see our Reactive Dog Comfort Level Chart)
  • ✔️ Restroom: Yes there is a port-a-potty at this location
  • 📱 Cell service (Verizon)
  • ✔️ Hunting: allowed
  • 🐶 Dogs must be on leash
  • 💩 Carry out your dog’s waste
  • 🌐 Website 
  • ⚠️ The property includes early successional habitat areas. They should be marked with a sign asking to keep dogs off.

When we visit, we start off walking the ¼ mile wooded Green Trail. At the end of this trail, we take a left onto the 1 ¼ mile Red Trail, swing back by the car to drop off any poop bags, and continue on the Red Trail loop. We make our way around the open field, over a few bridges, and over to the beaver pond. Finally, we cut back into the woods on the Green Trail and back to the parking lot.

Try these canine enrichment activities:

Since this is such a great area for both physical exercise and mental enrichment, we recommend attaching your dog to a long lead and trying these engaging activities with them.

  • 👉Let your dog’s nose lead you on this adventure. There are many smells here due to timber harvesting as well as evidence of wildlife and many other dogs that have explored the area recently.
  • 👉Take advantage of tree stumps and logs to practice canine fitness moves such as paws up, over, and balance.
  • 👉Encourage your dog to sniff the fresh cut trees and sawdust. We encourage you to do the same. Nothing like the smell of the forest to connect you with nature.
  • 👉Stop at one of the many benches on this trail and practice paws up and under.
  • 👉Sit on a bench, relax, and reward your dog when they also relax next to you.
  • 👉Sit or stand in at least two different areas on the field trail and allow others to walk by you (if applicable). Reward your dog if they exhibit calm and relaxed behavior as other dogs/humans walk by.
  • 👉Walk by dogs and their people sitting/standing in areas on the trail. Reward your dog for calm and relaxed behavior while passing.
  • 👉If your dog is nervous about walking over planks/bridges, take this opportunity to help them with this fear by encouraging and rewarding them.

If you want to extend your adventure at Burley Farms, check their trail map on how to access the Blue and Yellow Trails via North River Road and Range Road. 

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